I'm apprehensive about asking this, because I'm very new to the site myself. However, I'm wondering if others have considered the possibility that certain badges on the site might be encouraging counterproductive behaviour.
If I'm being completely honest, this has come about because I keep seeing some really silly questions being upvoted - questions that often meet all of the criteria for downvoting (shows no research effort, unclear, not useful).
I imagine this is either because:
- I am expecting too much of other users, or
- that many users don't understand what votes are for, or
- that some users are voting arbitrarily in order to gain lower-level badges.
Is this something that can be addressed at all? Has it been previously discussed, and I'm just searching in the wrong places?